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Poster: headphonica Date: Jan 7, 2010 2:21am
Forum: netlabels Subject: 15 hours / 2 GB - biggest netaudio-release ever?

Ergo Phizmiz - The Faust Cycle

here's what hiddenplacemusic sais about this release:
i interrupt this longer-than-expected pause of hiddenplace music posts to feature what is certainly the most astonishing piece of netaudio i have ever come across. "The Faust-Cycle or, The House of Dr Faustus" is definitively the ultimate piece of sound collage.
completed over a period of 3 years, with a playing time of more than 14 hours(!!), and featuring an long list of collaborators, voice actors and guest musicians, words like "epic" do not even begin to describe the mind-boggling expansiveness of this work.
i usually try to listen to a release several times through before writing a review, but i must admit in this case, i have not yet heard the entire piece all the way through. what i have heard so far consists of surreal, dream-like spoken word narratives, interspersed with even more bizarre sample-based "songs" enveloped in extended passages of sound collage and audio pastiche made from a dizzying array of identifiable and unidentifiable musical pieces and sound sources. the moods range from melancholic to nostalgic, insane to inane, dream-like to nightmarish, classical to common; all unfolding like an opium-induced phantasmagoria played through a dust-covered 1920s phonograph found in an eccentric retired circus performer's attic. this is probably the most inaccessible piece i have featured on hiddenplace music, but certainly a thrilling and epic(?) piece of audio art for hardcore fans of avant-garde sound design.

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incredible beautiful XXL-artwork by moritz grünke /

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Poster: blocSonic Date: Jan 7, 2010 10:12am
Forum: netlabels Subject: Re: 15 hours / 2 GB - biggest netaudio-release ever?

If it were just long, but boring, it would mean nothing to me… but this is an adventure for the ears and mind. A completely unique listening experience. Still working my way through it all… but WOW!